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To: Dunedin City Council

Keep Dunedin Rail Rolling

Keep Dunedin Rail Rolling

Dear Councillors,

The Dunedin City Council needs to use innovative thinking to keep Dunedin Railways rolling, including the iconic tourist attraction of the Taieri Gorge Railway.

Mothballing and/or closing this business would be a major blow for Dunedin. We ask you to invest in the future of Dunedin Railways and explore all the alternative options.

Why is this important?

The closure and/or mothballing of Dunedin Railways will lead to the loss of a substantial number of local jobs. It will end one of the most popular visitor experiences to Dunedin and Otago.

The flow on effects for other local stakeholders would be considerable.

Keeping jobs and skills in Dunedin, introducing local commuter services, and engaging staff in local rail projects is the positive alternative. When tourism rebuilds, this popular service will then be ready and waiting.

🚂 Dunedin railways workers propose positive solutions to prevent closure: https://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU2004/S00631/dunedin-railways-workers-propose-positive-solutions-to-prevent-closure.htm

How it will be delivered

Signatures will be emailed

Dunedin, New Zealand

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Reasons for signing

  • because it needs to stay
  • I live in the UK and travelled on the Taieri Gorge Railway in 2016 whilst on a cruise which called at Port Chalmers. An incredibly scenic and historic railway which along with the beautiful Dunedin Railway Station must be kept in operation at all costs.
  • Because I would love to visit New Zealand one day and certainly take a ride on their historic railroad as part of my journey in NZ and with that I believe it is an important set in preserving their heritage for future generations.

Updates

2020-05-07 01:10:01 +1200

1,000 signatures reached

2020-05-06 14:36:17 +1200

500 signatures reached

2020-05-06 12:23:06 +1200

The Otago Daily Times published this opinion piece from the Keep Dunedin Rail Rolling campaign on Monday 4 May 2020.
https://www.odt.co.nz/opinion/hasty-move-disservice-workers-community

2020-05-06 10:23:47 +1200

100 signatures reached

2020-05-06 09:58:58 +1200

50 signatures reached

2020-05-06 09:49:29 +1200

25 signatures reached

2020-05-06 09:43:20 +1200

10 signatures reached